In case we’re not paranoid enough about infidelity, a recent study done by affair dating site Victoria Milan has fanned the flames. The study comprised the data of women from multiple countries and age groups and unearthed some pretty interesting finds.
According to the study, the average age at which women get married is 29, and on average, a woman is most likely to cheat at the age of 36. Anyone who’s been in a long term relationship has likely been warned about the ‘seven-year itch’ and this study reveals that there may be some truth to it.
While the actual explanation behind the restlessness that accompanies the seventh year with a partner is still clouded in doubt, there is no shortage of theories. Some believe that seven years is simply a long enough period to grow sick of your partner, while others believe that our minds and bodies change every seven year cycle. This being said, after chatting with couples who have been together for more than seven years, none of them reported to having experienced the seventh year being the hardest. Rather, ‘They’re all hard.’ Hah-hah just kidding… maybe.
One truth we all recognise is that relationships take hard work, in the fourth month or the seventh year. But according to a Reddit thread devoted to the topic of ‘the itch’, suggestions for beating it range from giving swinging a bash to simply adjusting your mindset.
‘Whenever I feel the itch, I take a step back and force myself to look critically at the big picture. She’s been there for me when my father died mysteriously at 50, she supported my emotional crisis when my mom got divorced for the second time after I caught my step-dad cheating – even though her dad had a crippling stroke in the same week. She offers me advice, takes care of me when I’m sick, cleans up after me, loves me, spends all of her time with me, had a child with me, likes the same things as me, tolerates my bad jokes and even laughs at them sometimes.’ – flashtastic
‘You can either work on it/sacrifice/learn to communicate, or let it split you. I strongly recommend a good marital counsellor to help guide communication. We’re going on 20 years now.’
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